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Photo: VA 143 at VA 162 (photo by Mapmikey, 7/8/06)
VA 143: 0 - 0
Williamsburg-York Line: 3.71 - 3.71
Creation: Appeared in Sept 1945 (CTB) as a renumbering of VA 168. Ran from VA 168 (now VA 143) to US 60/VA 31. This is the 2nd VA 162.
Adjustments: In Jan 1956 (CTB), VA 162 was extended northeast back out to VA 168 (now VA 143), replacing part of VA 31.
In May 1957 (CTB), VA 162 was truncated back to its 1945-57 routing as VA 31 was returned to its 1956 routing (now VA 5).
In June 1978 (CTB), VA 162 was extended with US 60 east, then VA 5 west to central Williamsburg, then it replaced VA 132 west back out to US 60 via Lafayette St and Richmond Rd.
In Aug 1993 (CTB), VA 162 was removed from the City of Williamsburg, leaving behind unnumbered Richmond Rd and Lafayette St west of VA 132; VA 5 on Lafayette St east of VA 132; US 60 on Bypass Rd; unnumbered 2nd St.
Improvements: Paved upon inception
VA 162 is first shown as multilaned on its US 60 duplex when it was extended in 1978.
Maps do not shown present VA 162 as multilaned but it was when I first traveled it in 1991.
Posted: Fully posted; when it still went through Williamsburg it was still heavily posted in cutouts.
Legislative names: None
Other names: Second St
Scenic Byway: None
Comment: VA 162 is a pointless designation as now constituted. It should either be extended to US 60 or dropped. At the very least this should be VA 143-Y.
At 0.17 miles I believe this is now the shortest non-facility state highway.
|Previous VA 162's:
1942 ROUTE LOG
US 250: 0 - 0
SR 602: 3.25 - 3.25
VA 162 #1: Appeared in July 1933 as a renumbering of VA 436, running from VA 5 (now US 250) Shannon Hill south to below Tabscott.
In May 1943, VA 162 was downgraded to SR 605.
The 1939 VDOT report on primary system development had recommended that VA 162 be decommissioned in its entirety. Then it separately listed as a segment that should be decommissioned a 0.10 mile segment of VA 162 between VA 6 and VA 16 in Fluvanna County. I have never seen mentioned in the CTB Minutes a segment of VA 162 in Columbia nor does any map I've ever seen. I wonder if this was meant to be VA 16Y. The VDOT Log books do suggest it was intended for 162 to go to Columbia. A mystery requiring more research...
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